A new system of individual voter registration has wiped a million people off the electoral register with students particularly affected.
People now have register to vote individually rather than one member of a household or a college residence filling in the form. The number of people registered to vote has fallen sharply in many university towns. The Electoral Commission has said that 30% of 18 to 24-year-olds are currently not registered to vote.
Today (5th February 2015) is National Voter Registration Day (NVRD)created by the non-partisan Bite The Ballot group with the aim of inspiring as many as possible register to vote ahead of the 2015 General Election. Co-founder, Michael Sani, said: ‘NVRD is a day for the nation to come together. It’s a day for all of us, as citizens, to celebrate our democratic rights. But it’s also a chance to prove to decision-makers that we hold a stake in society; that we’re registered, that we’ll vote – and that we want more from our democracy’.
Last night the day was launched with the hashtag #NVRD and a ballot box projected on to the House of Commons in partnership with the UK Parliament.
Anyone can register online now here https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and find our more about Bite the Ballot here http://bitetheballot.co.uk/nvrd/#sthash.bsM48Z1b.dpuf
People must register before the 20 April deadline or they will not be able to register to vote in the election.